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, and last night when we heard governor romney talk about states as the laboratory of democracy so while that may have been a republican democrat comment it got me thinking about our mayor and the work that they do in their communities and i'm going to hand the floor over to them. if you could both talk a little bit about how you see the future of american politics. >> thank you for having us first of all and thanks to all of you for coming to this event. i do believe that our politics is local and as mayor i've had the opportunity to witness decision-making on a local level that has implications for the state and federal government. i will just briefly talk about my background and how i first got into the position as mayor. holyoke is a small city of about 40,000 people outside of springfield in the western part of massachusetts. i was born and raised there and went to the city's public schools became the first to my family to go on to college and when i got to brown studied urban studies there and like a lot of folks my age i chose to come back to my hometown and give back to the city
to call it that corresponds with president obama getting some distance from governor mitt romney. back in august it really seems to to read and is still is. governor thompson was preceded as the best republican nominee. he had a very repel competitive primary. we have representative paul ryan nominated for the vp. so it seems like suddenly wisconsin is back in the republican column. >> abby lingstron is tonight the only series? >> i don't know that of the top of my head but it's meant to be an interesting evening because governor thompson is a state wide brand. he's known not as governor thompson, but tommy and he is going to be speaking to the legal government representative baldwin as a liberal. that is what has made him too liberal for nancy pelosi coming and she is one of several members of congress who is from a single district trying to run statewide but she is going to try to define herself in a positive we come in and he is going to define her negatively. >> that debate will be live from wisconsin. we will broadcast it live at c-span 9 p.m. central time. tommy thompson and tamm
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